ST. PETERSBURG – Grammy Award-winning artists Keb Mo and Los Lobos perform at The Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College on Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Singer-songwriter, guitarist and three-time Grammy winner Keb Mo will perform a solo acoustic set. His music is a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America before evolving into a universally celebrated art form. Earlier this year, Keb Mo was honored to be invited by President Obama to participate in a special Blues performance in the East Room of the White House. The show was taped for a PBS special Red, White & Blues. His moving acoustic version of America the Beautiful was the soundtrack for the President’s Independence Day celebration video hosted on the White House blog and seen throughout the world.
Other highlights include performing with Daryl Hall on his landmark 50th webisode of Live From Daryl’s House, and earning his sixth Grammy nomination for The Reflection, the debut recording on his own Yolabelle International label.
He co-wrote I Hope with the Dixie Chicks, which received a Grammy nomination for Country Song of the Year and featured in the benefit for Hurricane Katrina relief. A gifted songwriter, his songs have been covered by legendary artists including BB King, Natalie Cole and more.
He has appeared on recordings by artists of all genres including, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, BB King, Natalie Cole, The Dixie Chicks, Solomon Burke, Joe Cocker, India Aire, Jackson Browne, Wynonna, Herbie Hancock, Vince Gill and Bonnie Raitt.
Additionally, his music has made numerous appearances in film and television, most notably in Martin Scorsese’s Feel Like Going Home, concert documentary Lightning in a Bottle. You can hear Keb Mo performing his original composition I See Love as the theme song for the hit CBS comedy Mike & Molly.
If Los Lobos has learned one thing in nearly four decades together, it’s that playing by the rules is not for them. They tried it for a while, said no thanks, and they’ve been better for it ever since. The 20th anniversary re-release of Los Lobos’ landmark Kiko album by Shout! Factory in August of this year - bursting with bonus tracks and a live DVD in addition to the original album - serves as a potent reminder of why going rogue was the best thing this legendary American quintet ever did.
Their 1987 remake of Ritchie Valens’ classic La Bamba for the soundtrack of the same name earned the band a No.1 smash on the Billboard charts, and the following year’s La Pistola y El Corazón, which found the band revisiting its Mexican folk roots, was also highly regarded. A rare example of longevity in a volatile music world that stresses style over substance, Los Lobos’ lineup has remained uninterrupted since 1984, when Berlin joined original members Pérez, Hidalgo, Rosas and Lozano, each of whom had been there since the beginning in 1973.
Reserved tickets priced at $65 and $55.50 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 or online at www.rutheckerdhall.com.